Finding Your Calling
The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters
Wes Moore has been a Rhodes Scholar, a soldier, a White House fellow, and a Wall Street banker. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a best-seller. Yet through it all, Moore found himself seeking the “clarifying passion” that would tell him he’d found his true role. His new book, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters (Spiegel & Grau, 2015), is the story of that quest
Moore, a 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins, finnds himself at the epicenter of some of the most important events of the last decade, including the war in Afghanistan and the financial crisis. The lessons he gleans from these experiences are “implicit and largely [in the book] for inspiration.” While Moore isn’t heavy-handed with his advice, it is there for the attentive reader to take or leave. In “The Lesson of the Risk Taker,” a chapter about his decision to quit his Wall Street job at the peak of the financial crisis, Moore writes: “I began to recognize that the best decisions I had made in my life were the ones where I let go of fear and had confidence in myself, my training, and God.”
Moore intersperses chapters from his life story with pocket biographies of people who’ve inspired him. One is Esther Benjamin, who rose from poverty in rural Sri Lanka to become associate director of the Peace Corps. Benjamin gets up at 4 a.m. every morning, propelled by a “joyful relentlessness,” sometimes going on to work 18-hour days. “I’m grateful to work hard,” she tells Moore.
In his book, Moore seeks to help readers find the work that would get them cheerfully out of bed at 4 a.m.
"This book is not a how-to guide. Finding my work was not a matter of following prescribed steps—it was, and is, an ongoing journey, not a 10-point program. Along the way there have been wild adventures and startling epiphanies, but there were also moments of fear and inertia, cases of missteps and failure.”
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